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Brushes / shapes / patterns / plug-ins for Photoshop / Illustrator / PSP / Affinity Photo

 

Updated: July 30th, 2015

 

 

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Graphicxtras is a website devoted to all things graphics and has resources for use in most of your favourite graphics apps, all at a great price. 1000s of wonderful presets and plugins available for all your projects. Purchase and use them in millions of your projects and in anyway you wish.

 

The site has been selling our own resources since 1998 and has continued to add more and more presets and artwork designs for use with more and more apps such as Photoshop CC 2015 as well as earlier and also newer apps such as Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer as well as popular free tools such as GIMP. All the resources are by graphicxtras / Andrew Buckle.

 

You can find a lot of links to our video tutorials that we add daily to our Youtube video tutorials section - so you can find out how to use the resources in even more ways

 

Resources for Photoshop and Illustrator and Affinity Photo and others

Royalty free, all extended license, no credit is required for their use, world-wide use and no time limits. They can be used to create logos, books, illustrations, mugs, posters, ceramics, textiles, web pages, producing your own new items for sale, fabrics, fashions, scrap booking, hats and much more. All are by Andrew Buckle / graphicxtras.com. If you have any questions about the uses of the items, please contact us as we are always happy to answer any questions about them such as their use and even ideas for their use though in many cases our videos are probably the best for that.

 

 

So what can do with the items ?? The key thing is that they work with the tools that you have. In most cases for the Photoshop items such as the brushes / shapes etc and other presets they are supported through most versions of the application as well as on both of the main OS. You can also use them on Android and Linux etc but clearly not in those apps but ones such as GIMP. Most of the sets include the items in the native format such as CSH ABR etc but in recent years I have moved most of my items more to universal items such as PNG and EPS so they can be used in 99% of applications.

 

 

The items are all supplied in a zip file sent via shareit.com and the zip files generally include the presets such as the ABR files etc as well as documentation and gallery and serial as well as in many cases additional files such as actions and other file formats such as PDF etc. Shareit.com handles all the transactions on our site (well, most of them) and they are a secure sales site part of the large Digital River / Element5. Any download issues etc should be initially sent to them but otherwise, please contact us. They handle transactions in many different currencies such as US dollars (of course) as well as Euros (they are also based in Germany) and also GBP (UK) and also Australian Dollars as well as Turkish / Russian and many others. You can purchase the items in a variety of ways such as PayPal and also American express as well as Visa and Mastercard and many more. The download sizes of the files varies but many are between 1MB to 100MB though some of our older and larger sets are 300MB or so but nowadays that should be fine to download with most broadband / cable etc services. Most of the sets on the site are under 10 dollars though some of the earlier sets and much larger sets are priced at 25 dollars etc though they contain many different items and are in many cases combinations of some of our older sets.

 

 

So what can you do with them ?? Depends on the apps of course and the preset / plugin in questions. If you are talking about the plugins there are two types, a raster format set for use with Photoshop, PSP and many others as well as a vector set for use with Illustrator only. The raster plugins / filters are all for use currently on 32bit only but there are plans to shortly release the 64bit versions as well for use on the PC. The vector plugins can be used with PC and MAC. The plugins for PS etc are all based on the powerful filtermeister tool and that enables the tool to have a massive range of features as well as a large preview window to see the effect before applying it. The tools include options for different blending modes such as difference / darken etc and these can also be combined with the application's own blending modes and opacity. They also include features such as using the effects as a source for other effects such as truly unique distortions and paint effects as well as sepia and blurring and smudging effects and more. They also include features such as to create unique transparency / layers / selections which can be used with layer styles. The tools also include a massive range of jitter and randomization and color effects so any image can be modified in millions of ways along with the actual effect itself. They also include a huge gallery of gradient options which can be used to blend or overlay the effect result so billions of color effects can be created. The 32bit filters also can open and save the presets so you can recall the effects at any point. You can also use them with the smart objects in PS as well as use them with the actions (and scripts etc if you wish to delve into Javascript). The filters include posterization / blur / smudge / sepia / distortions / threshold effects / unique effects / contrasts and many more. There are a number of tutorial videos availabe via the graphicxtras channel on Youtube as well as Tipdesk.com. They can be used as mentioned in many apps though the results may vary from app to app as not all the options available to PS are in all other apps. The filters are an extension of an earlier sets called the 'Andrew's Filters' and those were created quite a few years ago (there were over 1000 filters in the series). The vector filters are for use with Illustrator only (can't think of any other app that supports them) and the sets include many different types of path manipulation tools such as tools to manipulate gradients as well as modify swatches as well as use symbols in countless ways and also tools to modify the vector paths such as distort and tweak anchor points in unique ways. There are also others to duplicate and transform paths in countless ways and the results then can be combined with all features within the app and also work well with other tools such as the superb Astute Graphic's VectorScribe and MirrorMe etc. Sadly the Andrew's Vector tools are only now available up to CS5 on the PC and MAC but there are still plans to release newer and variant tools based on those. The results of any of the vector tools can be exported for use in other apps such as the superb Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo.

 

 

The main items on this site are for use with Photoshop as well as Illustrator and also many other tools such as Affinity Photo. They include the brushes and symbols and shapes and patterns etc. In most cases the presets are supplied in standard PAT (tiles) and ABR (strokes) etc but in more recent releases the sets have now been using PNG format as that is more universal and the artwork can then be used in most apps on the PC and MAC (though not with many very old apps) also EPS has been included in a number of the sets and as a vector these can be any size though the format is not as universal as PNG. If you are using the resources in Adobe PS then they can be generally loaded via the preset palettes in that app (right side menu) but if you are using the PNG sets then you will have to either open them or place them or perhaps use the new libraries feature and drag them to the document. The resources can then be manually added as a new preset via the edit menu define commands. For the shapes, there is no equivalent vector format other than perhaps the TTF sets which means the artwork can be loaded via the type tool in PS and then converted into the correct format and defined via the edit menu. The PNG files can be used as either strokes or tiles but they can also be used as a layer or blended with any image and used with smart filters and smart adjustments (by converting them to smart objects). You can also convert the PNG format into a PSD file and save that and then use the artwork as a displacement or distortion or conte or texture. If you are using PS Elements then you can do much the same thing as PS. PS Elements does come with an additional number of features such as the cookie cutter that uses the loaded CSH files. Of course, the libraries feature and smart objects etc are not available in PS Elements (as yet, though it would be nice to see some of that into the tool especially the libraries as well as adding the PS Elements to the CC subscription - baffles me that is not available via that along with a number of other key apps that are still not part of Adobe CC). The PNG files (as well as the ABR etc files) do not need to remain as is, you can always edit them though it is best to make a backup of any zip files supplied or PNG files (perhaps to the Adobe CC libraries). You can then add effects and adjustments as well as perhaps duplicate parts of the artwork and remove / erase parts to create a totally new set of tools. The sets all include actions that can do much the same thing but it is very easy to create your own action that perhaps takes a PNG file and then blurs it and perhaps adds a poster edge or watercolor effect and perhaps adjusts the color such as photo filter and save that all as a new action. You can then use that same action via the batch process in PS to add all files in a particular folder with that action creating 100s of new items that can be used to add distressed / grunged / rough etc effects to any image. The paint tools (as well as smudge and blur and clone and art history) are great for adding those kinds of localised effects to any image. You can also further extend this if you know some Javascript and are willing to plunge into the murky world of scripting and you can then manipulate the strokes and tiles in even more ways. One of the best recent additions to PS has to be the scripting feature that is available via the edit menu and pattern and scripts and you can add any of the PNG files / PAT images as random fills and symmetry effects (32 of them) as well as along paths (great with spirals etc) as well as others. Now the scripts have a dialog you can also preview the effect before you add it and they can be used once or multiple times to create some truly amazing imagery. The PNG files can also be added to via the powerful 3D menu and the result of any extrusion / extrude effects can also be used as a great source for new layers as well as presets and also the generated 3D models can be saved to other formats such as OBJ and then used in tools such as the superb Daz Studio and my personal favourite, Poser.

 

 

If you are using a tool such as PSP (PC only) then you can use the PNG files in even more ways such as a great source for patterns / environment maps / picture tubes / custom brushes and many more. In most cases all you need to do is to add the PNG file into the required folder for that resource but how to find that folder. Start PSP and then go to the file preferences section and file locations and select the type such as environment maps or bump maps and there you will see a folder or two already defined but you can also add any folder to the mix. Add a folder and then add the PNG files to that folder and you will see the items added to the PSP cache. The brushes are slightly different in that they need to be added by opening them in PSP and then added once you have selected one of the paint tools etc and you have the options panel open. If you are using Affinity Photo then the PNG resources can be used throughout the app as images / layers but you can also import them in to use as brushes via that palette (weirdly, by selecting the texture section) and you can also import ABR files but they need to be converted via PS CC 2015 to the latest format. You can also use the PNG files as a pattern via the gradient tool (using the bitmap option) or just place them or use them via the fill layer command again where you can select a bitmap file (such as a seamless tile PNG)

Creative cloud CC 2015

Most of our presets and resources on this site work with the new powerful CC 2015 from Adobe. There has been many changes to the tools. For Photoshop there has been the addition of artboards which enables you to set up a whole range of sub documents that can be sized as required and saved individually and all stored with a single document so all the resources can be quickly shared across all the artboards (much the same as with AI). The Creative cloud features have been updated to include a new linked feature so you can now add items to the artboard and they are still linked to the CC library (though you can override this by using the ALT key) and this is a very useful feature especially combined with smart objects. There is also access to a huge library of photos and illustrations which you can comp and buy via the library feature and that is again very useful if you are stuck for ideas or resources (there is a similar useful feature in Affinity Photo). There is a new design space feature and that is part of the technology preview but at present it is fairly limited to very basic shape creation but I guess it will be extended in future but at present it is a fairly limited set of tools and adds little to the PS other than as a de-clutter of the controls and reduction to manipulation of layers. There is a whole range of new export features where you can export items in artboards, layers etc and also export to SVG which is a useful addition. There are some features relating to iOS which I am unable to look at as I have no iOS so here is hoping that they turn up on Android one day. The Blur gallery has been extended to include a new noise feature which is quite good with a range of noises and controls and they work wonderfully well with the blurs. There is a dehaze feature in the camera raw filter and that is a nice new effect that is quite effective in reducing mists etc. There is a new glyph feature which allows quick access to a whole range of decorative designs as well as basic type. A new bump map / normal map feature has been added which can be useful for 3D work but they are really useful and weird and wonderful filters in their own right and have a really useful interface (which sadly does not export the preview). There have been many UI updates as well. My personal favourite has to be the addition of layer adjustments to smart filters / smart objects so you can now add an adjustment just to a single smart object such as black and white and hue and saturation and you can disable or remove and change any of the settings in seconds. There are also now additional features added to the styles / layer style dialog where you can add additional shadows and glows etc but sadly not patterns or bevels. There have been many other changes to content aware, healing brushes, type, layers, photomerge, welcome screen and much more. Overall this has been a big update for Photoshop

 

 

Illustrator has had quite a few changes as well but probably more under the hood this time around and some of the changes are shared with PS such as the linked assets and the Adobe Stock photos and illustrations. There is, if you have the right GPU, improvements with the zoom and scroll and pan etc as well as far superior magnification. I must admit, sometimes perhaps too good as the zoom really zooms in fast now. There is now a safe mode where the system better handles crashes (I have hardly had any crashes with the app so as yet I have had no experience of the feature. There are now new mobile apps for Android etc. There is a preview charts feature which could prove in the long run a wonderful enhancements of the old graph feature but the tool is mainly for the cloud (not useful if you are not always on the cloud). There are also a lot of other GPU improvements and touch screen things (no use for me as I have no touch screen). Changes to the preferences to the rubber banding for the curvature tool as well how you work with the tool and much more

 

 

There have been a lot of changes to the other tools but the biggest new app addition has to be the Character animator which ties nicely in with the excellent After Effects. The character tool is great for taking your movements via a cam and animating an object. Not too many objects available as yet but I am certain enterprising souls will be creating new characters over the next few months and hopefully Adobe will add a few more as well perhaps a sort of Content Paradise of animation tools (actually it would be great if the tool could import Anime Studio as well as Poser models for the animation)

 

 

Creative Cloud 2015 is an amazing tool, guess Photoshop CC 2016 and Illustrator CC 2016 will be even more so as well as all the mini-updates in the subscription

Video Tutorials for Photoshop, PSP, Affinity Photo, Illustrator etc

You can find numerous videos on our graphicxtras channel on Youtube (all created by graphicxtras.com) on subjects such as

 

1) Creating new brushes from existing items for use in PS 2) Affinity Photo and how to use the mirror filter 3) Affinity Photo and how to manipulate type using the mirror filter and deform tool 4) Affinity Photo and inverting images 5) How to create frames using the ColliderScribe plugin from Astute Graphics 6) How to add CSH file vector sets to Photoshop 7) How to create mist / smoke brushes 8) How to import ABR files into various applications 9) How to use the perspective warp edit tool in PS 10) How to add new presets 11) Photoshop styles and how to add them to the Creative cloud libraries 12) How to combine fill content layers in PS 13) How to combine multiple gradient fill layers in Affinity Photo 14) How to fill paths with symbols using the powerful plugin ColliderScribe 15) How to rotate type around a circle path 16) How to create extreme gradient line effects 17) How to use custom shapes and linked libraries feature in CC 18) Layer comps and how to use them in CC 2015 19) How to create frames 20) Using the new camera raw filter dehaze feature 21) Photoshop artboards and how to add them and manipulate them in many ways 22) How to simplify meshes in 3D 23) Using the new design space feature in PS 24) GPU performance and zoom etc in Illustrator 25) Shapebuilder and free form tool 26) Curvature tool and open paths 27) Generate normal and bump maps in PS 28) How to use smart adjustments 29) How to duplicate artboards in Photoshop 30) Spheres 31) Using EPS files to create patterns 32) Type styles and properties 33) Styles and shape properties 34) Make instant backgrounds 35) How to install styles 36) Warping layers 37) Add 3D effects to symbols in Illustrator 38) Turn an image into an abstract / sketch drawing 39) Global swatches and the pattern editor in Illustrator 40) Place along the path render in PS 41) How to create a Painter nozzle from text 42) Nozzles and brush looks in Painter 43) Adding textures and displacements 44) How to thicken and thin type 45) How to change the color of custom shapes 46) How to combine multiple swatches in Illustrator 47) How to open and place PDF documents 48) How to copy vectors from Illustrator to Logoist 49) How to create grids 50) How to create selections from shapes in Photoshop 51) How to create a pyramid pattern 52) Create line textures 53) Create abstract backgrounds 54) Create guides from existing shape layers and many more. You can find all this via the tutorials on our site and many more

 

As well as more tutorials (not videos)

 

 

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